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New Website for Law Review Articles: At Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr and Sasha Volokh discuss and link to a new website, LegalWorkShop.org, which will post very short versions of published law review articles from participating law reviews.  Volokh's post provides a description of the new website's services, while Kerr's post comments on the utility of what he thinks is "a good experiment."  Kerr believes that the short summaries provided on the websites will force authors to be more concise, and will also encourage the legal scholars to read more articles. Still, he expresses doubt that the experiment will work - after all "a short article about an esoteric legal topic is still an article about an esoteric legal topic."

Capitalizing on Ted Stevens' Brady Claims: 
Amir Efrati reports on Wall Street Journal Blog that criminal defendants "across the land" are attempting to draw parallels between former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens' case and their own.  Efrati's article gives three recent examples: former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, convicted of corruption charges, had 75 former attorneys general write a letter to AG Eric Holder to investigate prosecutor misconduct; lawyers and executives for W.R. Grace & Co., on trial for conspiracy, told Donald Molloy judge on Friday that prosecutors violated Brady rules and that their case resembled Stevens'; and lawyers for former Bear Stearns hedge fund manager Matthew Tannin, accused of securities fraud, alleged the government was withholding so-called Brady material.  Tannin's argument didn't sway his judge, but, Efrati reports that W.R. Grace & Co. had better luck with Judge Malloy.  

Comments on new US Sentencing Commissioner Chair Nominee:  Doug Berman posts to Thatcher Moats' article for the Rutland Herald on Judge William Sessions nomination of chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.  Berman finds it "[n]otable and encouraging that Judge Sessions seeks to reform federal sentencing to address prison overcrowding through drug treatment courts, and split sentences. Berman also highlights Judge Session's comments that he hopes to focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment.  Sessions is the same judge who declared the federal death penalty unconstitutional in 2002, so you'll have to forgive us if we don't share Berman's excitement over his comments. 

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